Grant’s Birth Story (and why I’m not sharing it)

March 12, 2014

I’ve gone back and forth with this since Grant was born. I had every intention of sharing our experience with his birth with everyone before I actually went into labor. Once it was all said and done, I really fought with it a bit. Here’s why.

My birth wishes completely surrounded a natural birth – no meds, vaginal, the whole deal. It was so important to me to do it this way, for both Grant and I. Once we actually got into delivery, this unfortunately was impossible. Don’t get me wrong – I know births are anything but predictable. It ended up being completely the opposite of what I hoped for, other than the end result of a happy, healthy baby.

I ended up being induced the Wednesday after my due date. Once the pitocin started, everything changed for me. My body didn’t react well to the medicine, and 21 hours later, I was in the operating room having an emergency c-section.

Grants birth

So why don’t I want to share the details of everything in those 21 hours?

I have never been so scared in my life. A lot of the end of the experience is a bit fuzzy, but I can’t seem to get the image of locking eyes with Marcus  as I was being wheeled out of labor and delivery out of my head. I had no idea what was really going on until he filled me in later. All I wanted to do was hold his hand, and I couldn’t do it.

The entire birth was the most personal experience Marcus and I have ever shared, and I want to keep it that way. I’m not sure what I thought it would all be like before it happened, but now that it has, I just can’t share it with the world. Of course, we’ve told friends and family anything they want to know, but as for the entire blogosphere – not this time.

Grant's Birth

I wasn’t able to see Grant after the operating room for almost 24 hours. That was the hardest part. I had the flu the weekend before his delivery, so he was in the NICU and I was on strict orders that I couldn’t see him until the next day. It ripped my heart out, but made that first meeting even more special. I will never forget being able to finally hold him for the first time.

First time holding Grant

Now, don’t think my thoughts surrounding the birth are negative – they are just much different from what I had originally expected. Grant was born on February 27th, 2014 at 11:46am as a healthy, beautiful baby boy. I am so thankful the doctors and staff at my delivering hospital were so on top of everything, and knew what to do at the drop of a hat. Those first cries really are the most beautiful thing in the world. No matter how it happened, the end result is the same – Grant is the most beautiful baby I have ever laid my eyes on, and he is mine and Marcus’ forever.

Grant's birthI do plan to share my experience with our amazing doula in another post – it really deserves its own write-up without a doubt. We couldn’t have done it without her. I’ll also be letting you all know about what I’m doing with exercise and eating in the coming days.

Thanks for being understanding when it comes to Grant’s birth story. I know I really like reading them when others post theirs, but I just can’t do it. If you do have any detailed questions, please reach out to me via email at foodfunrun[at]gmail[dot]com. I am more than happy to answer anything you may want to know personally.

Welcome to the world sweet Grant. Mommy and Daddy love you more than you will ever know.

What I Can’t Live Without – The First Week

March 10, 2014

Thanks for all the well wishes for Grant joining our family! I haven’t quite decided how I want to tackle his birth story yet, so I figured I would share a few items that have been absolute life savers in this first week!

A comfy cotton robe

I purchased a simple black cotton robe from Target a few months back, per the advice of another mom (thanks Yolanda!) and I have been using it nonstop. It was amazing for the hospital to keep me warm, and made breast-feeding a little bit easier, as I wore only my bra underneath and didn’t have to worry about lifting my shirt. It also is long enough to cover my butt, which was helpful to disguise the monster pad you have to wear after giving birth.

Nursing Bras

Jen gave me the recommendation to buy these bras, and I could not be happier. They are super comfy and have great coverage. I have been living in them since day one in the hospital. nursing bra

Non-slip socks

The hospital provided these, but I liked my own. The hospital’s were more of a one size fits all, so they weren’t as comfy. Hospitals are always freezing, so having some cozy, fleece non slip socks was a life saver.

Aden + Anais blankets

What everyone says is true – these blankets are amazing. They are the best for swaddling and are just all around extremely useful. They can be used to cover the car seat when we are in the stroller, can cover me when I am trying to feed him when people are around, and of course, are very cozy as blankets. I can not recommend them enough.

Aden and Anais blankets

The Boppy

If I could pick one item I feel like I couldn’t live without right now, this would be it. It gives my back and arms the support I need when nursing Grant, and it is overall very comfortable for all of us. I can prop him up in the Boppy as well for a few minutes, and he really seems to like it.

This guy

Grant & Marcus sleeping

My most amazing husband has been a life saver through the entire pregnancy, delivery, and post partum time. I hadn’t mentioned it before, but I ended up having a c-section. He has been there to help with anything and everything to get me back to normal. I can’t lift anything other than Grant, and Marcus has taken on handling everything around the house. I’ve always known we work well together, but this experience has shown me an entire other side to our relationship – the best of the best. I couldn’t do any of this without him.

 What items could you not live without for the first week? Anyone else love these too?

Meet Grant Marcus

March 3, 2014

On Thursday, February 27th at 11:46 am, we were blessed with the birth of an amazing little boy – Grant Marcus Baum.

Grant Marcus newborn

He is 8lbs and 20 inches long – our perfect little man. More to come in the following days about the birth and such. For now, we are just adjusting to life as a family of 3.

Grant Newborn

Baby Baum: 40 Weeks

February 26, 2014

I must say – I honestly didn’t think I would be writing a 40 week update. For whatever reason, I thought I would be going into labor during that 39 week stretch. Obviously, that didn’t happen, and for good reason. I mentioned Monday (in my nursery tour post) I had the flu over the weekend. My body obviously knew something I didn’t and I am quite happy I didn’t A) Go into labor having the flu or B) Have the baby and then get the flu right after. Everything happens for a reason, that’s for sure! Anyhow, on to the update!

40 Week Bumpdate

What is up with the baby:

  • He or she is now the size of a jackfruit – I too have no clue what that is!
  • The baby is ready for arrival, just hanging out until it feels ready.
  • As long as it is in my belly, the baby’s hair and nails will continue to grow.

My details:

Weight gained: My appointment is today, so I am not 100% sure, but probably around the 26-28 lb mark. Whatever it is, its perfect.

Workouts: Walking, walking, walking like crazy! I’ve been getting in 4 or so miles a day with Winnie, so hopefully that will help bring out this baby.

Symptoms:

  • Lots of contractions here and there
  • Sore pelvis
  • Frequent bathroom stops
  • Constant analysis if certain contractions are the real deal or just more pre-labor

Movement: Plenty of movement, but now it feels more like a roll since there isn’t much space in there.

Food Aversions/Cravings: Just small meals. I have an appetite, but nothing crazy. I really just eat because I have to – not because food looks all that appetizing.

Sleep: Over the weekend, it was terrible. Being sick and pregnant is a terrible combo. The past couple of nights have been great though, with only one wake up per night to go to the bathroom.

Stretch marks: None

Fun Things from the week: Hitting my due date!

Belly Button In or Out? Out

Wedding Rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time? I had my first super moody day yesterday. I think I was just overwhelmed with everything and over it. I am feeling much better today.

New Baby Items: Nothing this week – all we need is a baby!

Looking forward to: Labor and Delivery! Send well wishes my way to go into labor naturally in the next couple of days so I don’t have to be induced!

If you had to be induced, how long did your doctor wait until after your due date to do so? My doctor is saying they only want to wait a week, which is a huge bummer. I would much prefer to go into labor on my own!

Baby Baum: The Nursery

February 24, 2014

I think I may be one of the only people who got to her due date, and was praying for the baby to stay put. I woke up Friday feeling less than stellar, knowing I had a cold chasing me. My throat felt swollen and my body was tired – even more so than being almost 40 weeks pregnant. Friday night, I was up 9 times, and didn’t get more than 45 minutes of straight sleep at one time.

I called the doctor first thing when I woke up Saturday morning, and they advised me to head to a walk in clinic to get tested for the flu. Sure enough, the test came back positive. Out of everything I have been looking forward to at the end of this pregnancy, the flu surely wasn’t one of them! I quickly went from wanting to meet the baby ASAP to wanting him or her to stay put, since I had no energy to give and really didn’t want to have to experience labor and delivery plagued by the flu. Luckily, I am feeling a million times better today, and I am on the mend. I still plan to stay in bed all day today, just getting work done here and there, to really get my body back to normal.

Which means, I finally got around to getting some photos of the nursery to share!

The first item I bought for the space was the changing table/dresser combo. I found it on Craigslist back in September, and knew it was exactly what I wanted. It is solid wood and very sturdy, and really saves us some space. The room is pretty tiny, so I knew we wouldn’t have enough room for everything if we had too much furniture. It had white wooden knobs, which I quickly changed to some pretty silver ones I found at Home Depot. Super Easy fix to make it good as new!

The shelves above the dresser came from Ikea. We had black ones in the same spot when we used the room as our guest room before, so that switch was really simple. The books serve as decoration, and are functional as well – another space saver.

Baby Nursery

I always love the look of chinese lanterns, so I went ahead and grabbed a few to just bunch up right by the changing table. Not what I would consider the best picture, but you get the drift. Also, the color of the walls was already grey from our guest room, so that didn’t need to be changed. The wall behind the crib is an accent wall, so it is a bit darker than the rest. I am so happy we did not choose to repaint. It made life so much easier :)

Chinese Lanterns

The crib was our big splurge for the nursery. I knew exactly what I wanted, and ended up getting a great deal on the crib – it was on sale, and I had a 20% off coupon. It is the Catalina 3-in-1 crib from Pottery Barn Kids. It can be converted to a toddler bed, and then a full size bed as well, so I have a feeling we are going to get some great use out of it. Oh, and don’t worry – the stuffed animals will be making their get away soon. I have a little hammock we still have to hang up – I know the baby can’t sleep with those 😉

Baby Baum Nursery

Another great find we were lucky to come across was our glider. My mom found it at Salvation Army, like this:

Glider before

Of course, baby pink gingham just wasn’t going to work, so it went from that, to this:

Glider After

Much, much better :)

Marcus painted the elephant above the crib, which I bragged about before. I am so thrilled with how it turned out. I just can’t help but smile when I look at it each time!

Nursery Elephant

Our friend Josh also made us an adorable Winnie the Pooh inspired art piece as well. He picked out the quote, put the entire piece together on Photo Shop, and then framed it for us. I love everything about it!

Nursery Winnie the Pooh

The final piece of art we have hung up is a canvas from our maternity shoot. The colors go really well with the theme of the room, and send out the calm vibe we were really looking for.

Nursery Maternity Photo

The only thing we are still waiting on is a bookshelf. Marcus is making one to go right under the maternity photo so it will be custom fit for the space. It is coming along great, but with my flu over the weekend, he took on taking care of me instead of finishing up the bookshelf. I’m a-ok with that 😉

Here are a couple of photos bringing the room all together.

Nursery Baby Baum

Nursery Corner

Nursery Baby Baum

A huge shout out to my lovely assistant for her help with all of the photos…

Winnie in Nursery

The animal theme we chose turned out really well. It isn’t over the top by any means, but has the cutesy look I was really going for. I think the space is a perfect gender neutral space for the baby once he or she arrives! It took us quite a while to complete the space, but we didn’t want to rush anything. We found things here and there, and did a lot of DIY as well. I love this nursery!